Former Rangers star Arteta a candidate for Everton job - report
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Former Rangers star Arteta a candidate for Everton job - report

Speaking on the Transfer Window Podcast, Duncan Castles has claimed Everton are showing interest in former Rangers midfielder Mikel Arteta.

The Spaniard won two major trophies at Ibrox between 2002 and 2004. He then briefly returned to La Liga with Real Sociedad, before long spells with both Arsenal and Everton.

Arteta in action for the Gers in 2003. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

The Toffees have endured a poor start to the 2019/20 Premier League season and currently sit down in 15th place.

As a result, current boss Marco Silva is coming under increased scrutiny and could be relieved of his duties mid-season.

Should that occur, Arteta has been tipped as a genuine candidate.

“There is a lot of interest from the Everton end in Mikel Arteta as a candidate should they need to make a change,” said Duncan Castles on the Transfer Window Podcast.”This makes a lot of sense because Arteta’s status in the game is very high.”

“He has not managed yet but he’s credited as an important part of Manchester City ‘s treble-winning campaign last season as Pep Guardiola’s principal assistant. He was a strong candidate for the Arsenal job before they appointed Unai Emery.

“He’s a former Everton player as well so it’s not hard to see why the name is being considered.”

Arteta picks Guardiola’s brain at training. (Photo by Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

Verdict

Arteta has been Guardiola’s right-hand man through a major period of success for the Manchester club.

At 37, he’s younger than Steven Gerrard but has years of experience in the Premier League as both a player and an assistant and this could be the perfect first step into management for him.

There are no major silverware expectations at Goodison, but they have a talent-filled squad with the likes of Richarlison, Moise Kean and Lucas Digne standout players.

Should Silva continue to fail to get the most out of those star names, the former Ibrox hero could soon be offered the chance to take a leap into the world of management.

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